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Malaria hotspots explained from the perspective of ecological theory underlying insect foraging

December 10, 2020 - 09:54 -- Open Access
Debebe Y, Hill SR, Tekie H, Dugassa S, Hopkins RJ, Ignell R
Sci Rep. 2020 Dec 8;10(1):21449

Hotspots constitute the major reservoir for residual malaria transmission, with higher malaria incidence than neighbouring areas, and therefore, have the potential to form the cornerstone for successful intervention strategies. Detection of malaria hotspots is hampered by their heterogenous spatial distribution, and the laborious nature and low sensitivity of the current methods used to assess transmission intensity.

NOT Open Access | Surprising differences in the respiratory protein of insects: A spectroscopic study of haemoglobin from the European honeybee and the malaria mosquito

March 19, 2020 - 09:01 -- NOT Open Access
Nys K, Cuypers B, Berghmans H, Hammerschmid D, Moens L, Dewilde S, Van Doorslaer S
Biochim Biophys Acta Proteins Proteom. 2020 Mar 13 :140413

Only recently it was discovered that haemoglobin (Hb) belongs to the standard gene repertoire of insects, although their tracheal system is used for respiration. A classical oxygen-carrying function of Hb is only obvious for hexapods living in hypoxic environments.

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